We have Orcas in Galapagos. I have most often seen them around Capo Douglas or Punta Vicente Roca where the deep Bolivar Channel between Isabela and Fernandina provides them deep, cold water and lots of food. Sightings have also been reported in the warm water around Darwin, most often between Darwin’s Arch and Darwin Island. On the coast of Darwin there are colonies of fur seals.
Watching the linked video below of scientists getting so excited over shared seal feeding reminded me of the time we saw 2 Orcas feeding on the huge sea turtles at Cabo Douglas. It was the same behavior, only the meal was different.
We watched as one Orca took a turtle in its mouth. Then the other approached it and, as if kissing, they shredded the turtle in a split second. This video also made me very happy to see that captive Orcas do adapt if released into the wild.
My name is Leslie. In 2009, I pioneered island hopping dive tours in Galapagos & founded an agency working only in Galapagos. Over the years, I assisted hundreds (or more) of divers dive the Galapagos. In 2019, I successfully launched a new liveaboard in Galapagos, Calipso. Enter COVID. I now live on the Ecuadorian coast where there are very exciting possibilities.
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